Dreams are a series of images, ideas, thoughts, emotions and sensations occurring involuntarily in the mind during certain stages of sleep. They have been described physiologically as a response to a neural process when the person is asleep
while the psychological basis proposed is that they are because of reflection of the subconscious mind. Pharmacologists are of the view that medications, many hormones, neurotransmitters, herbs and supplements can alter dreams and make them
more or less vivid.
The content and purpose of dreams are not fully understood
although they have been a topic of interest since ages.
The scientific study of dreams is known as oneirology more
Pornography: Helping or Harming Our Brains?
Over the past decade there has been much debate about the merits and risks of viewing pornography. Anti-porn advocates often argue that viewing erotic images can alter the brain and result in porn addiction. In this article we take a look at some of the recent research to better understand what the data tells us about pornography, psychology, and the brain.
Statistics on Porn Use
One does not have to go very far to obtain pornography; there are literally millions of websites at an internet user’s fingertips. Estimates of the amount of internet use devoted to pornography range from 4% to 46% (of all internet use), according to the media. more
The Journal of Neurogastroenterology and Motility recently published a short case study about a woman who experienced the sudden onset of nightmares after being prescribed a certain antiobiotic. The case study involved a 19-year old woman who had a gastrointestinal disorder that occurs as a result of weak muscles in the stomach, and slows the movement of food from the stomach to the small intestine. The symptoms of the disorder included vomiting and nausea.
The patient was prescribed an antiobiotic, Erythromycin, to treat her gastric symptoms. The antiobioc Erythromycin is often used to treat bacterial infections and respiratory infections, such as strep; in fact, it is also sometimes used during pregnancy to prevent strep in newborns, and is generally thought to be safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding. more